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Page 8-Tuesday, February 28, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Local volunteers witness Ply mouth Center abuses

(Continued from Page 1)
MOST OF THE volunteers attributed
the attendants' abuses to a lack of staf-
Dick Vermeil of the Philadelphia
Eagles says his job boils down to about
35 hours each autumn.
"An artist can hang his work on a
wall and people will view it any hour of
any day," Vermeil said. "A writer's
work can be read over and over. But in
the football coaching business you are
judged by what happens in two-and-
one-half hours of playing on 14 weeken-
ds of the year. The results of all you
have done, or tried to do, are out there
every Sunday for the whole country to
evaluate. ':

fing in the institution.
"The abuses and cases of neglect
result basically from the institution
being understaffed. They can't afford to
have a one-to-one relationship with the
residents," explained Tom L.
Each of the volunteers agreed the
amount of abuse varies in each
building, dependent upon the quality of
the particular staffs. "Not all the ac-
cusations are true. The staff in my
building is excellent. They've taken the

residents to the zoo, Christmas shop-
ping and are curr'ently planning a trip
to Disney World. However, in visiting
other buildings I have noticed cases of
abuse," Tom L. said.
stressed the necessity of continuing
their service despite mounting publici-
ty in the case..They emphasized their
increased determination to help the
center's children because of the recent

"For these residents, we are their
only links to the outside world besides
the attendants," one volunteer said.
Saturday the Detroit Free Press
listed Governor William Milliken's 13-
point directive, calling for parental in-
volvement in abuse investigations, im-
proved training, screening of em-
ployees, increased authority for inde-
pendent abuse investigations and a re-
definition of what constitutes abuse.
MILLIKEN SAID the "seriousness of

the situation" demands that action be
taken since "nothing is more abhorrent
than physical violence involving insti-
tutionalized children." He named Dr.
Donald Smith, director of Department
of Mental Health (DMH), to head a
three-member task force that will focus
on the Plymouth Center.
Joining Smith on the task force will
be representatives from the Depar-
tment of Social Services and state
police. The group's work will be moni-
tored by the Plymouth Association For

Retarded Children (composdof riesn-
ds and relatives of -Plymouth resi-
The Free Press also charged that the
administration at Plymouth has
covered up and refused to take nec-
cessary steps to stop abuse.
Last week, Milliken, in an attempt to
improve Plymouth conditions, fired
Plymouth director Dr. William
Womack and replaced him with Evelyn
Provitt, a top-level administrator for
mental retardation in DMH.

Rudolph: U.S. neglects amateur athletes
By SUE HOLLMAN Melbourne, Australia, and in Rome in dividuals, they cannot afford to spend enough, she said. event, Rudolph says the atmospher
1960 where she won gold medals for the the training time necessary for them to Rudolph also addressed the subject of definitely changing.
fh~aa-. n 100-. 200- and 400-meter races the first reach their fullest potential. opportunities for women in sports. She "There is not another time in hist
pointed . outthat.women athletes toaayf .-- . :... ..

e is

Wilma Rudotph, tnree-timeI 1 yA J p
gold medal winner, told a near-capacity
Midwest's largest " t crowd in Eastern Michigan Univer-
tE !r* ters sity's Pease Auditorium yesterday af-
ternoon that the United States will con-
and I S.n' "'.' tinue to lose amateur athletes early
m$299unless more support and funds are
rmalso Budgetr Europe allocated for non-professional sports..
& Orient This lack of funding has forced ama-
CALL 769-1776 teurs to take money under the table,"
GCURRENTLY ON a nationwide lec-
ture tour, Rudolph is a woman of
numerous athletic achievements and
........4hAe......Ar..r honors. She participated in two Olym-
piads: in 1956 at the age of 15 in
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U.S. woman to win three medals.
Rudolph was also the first to win the
U.S. Woman Athlete of the Year Award
twice as well as the first to be named
Sports Woman of the Year by European
sports writers.
In yesterday's speech, Rudolph was
highly sympathetic to the plight of
amateur athletes. She said she feels
that until amateur athletes gain sup-
port from both the government and in-

"WE END UP losing athletes early -
there's not enough time for them to
train," she said.
Rudolph applauded television net-
works, for their increasing promotion
of amateur athletics year round and
added she feels exposure is essential in
building support for amateur athletics.
Limiting coverage to once every four
years during the Olympic games is not

Human rights law
sparks Council debate

pointed out that women athletes today
have an easier time than when she was
changes have come slowly. Only recen-
tly have women achieved equal
programming of sports events with
men, something she pointed out she and
others have been working toward for a
Rudolph said she would "hate to see
the day when women's sports programs
lose their independence and end up
merging with the men." This happens,
she said, when schools feel too few
women are interested in a sport to
justify separate teams. "Merging" only
hurts efforts to, obtain funding for
womein's sports, she added.
Rudolph, now nearing 40, looked
more like a model than a mother of four
as she stood before the crowd. When
asked if she still ran to keep in shape,
she replied that running had been more
an "obsession" than a pleasure for her
after a while. Instead, she plays tennis
in the California town where she lives.
amount of politics being injected in
recent Olympics. Although the athletes
probably still view it as a sporting

for people to get world focus like the
Olympics so they bring their problems
there," bringing a "total injustice" to
the concept of the Olympics, she said.
try col
(Continued from Page 1)
outlaws "deceptive, misleading or
unenforceable lease clauses." Accor-
ding to Moran, this proposal would
remove unconstitutional clauses from
leases. An 'example is a clause
requiring tenants to give up the right to
a jury trial in a legal dispute with their
The second proposal calls for an un-
censored version of the Tenants' Rights
and Responsibilities Handbook.
Presently the City Council must ap-
prove everything published in the book.
Changes call for tenants, landlords, and
the city to make separate contributions
to the book.

(Continued from Page 1)
Wheeler told him "address the
Councilman Roger Bertoia (R-Third
Ward) told the Mayor that one of the
unspoken rules during working sessions
was to allow members "to ramble as
they will."
WHEELER REPLIED, "I just don't
want a whole lot of rambling around on
irrelevant stuff. I don't want this kind of
thing going on."
Allen replied, "It's not going your
way, Mr. Mayor and you couldn't put it
off on people so you tried to shut me
After a five-minute cooling-off period
to allow tempers to settle, Allen
apologized to the Council and promised
"to say on the relevance of the issues."
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ONCE THE Council returned to the
business of composing a comprehen-
sive anti-discrimination law, Council
members found more problems than
One potential stumbling block was a
clause outlawing discrimination on the
basis of age. Some council members
thought this clause would prohibit bars
and X-rated movies from excluding
"The best thing to do would be to spell
out the exceptions," said Councilman
Jamie Kenworthy (D-Fourth Ward).

Canal treaty survives as
,Senate kills amendment

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.WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Panama
Canal treaties survived a crucial test
yesterday when the Senate killed an
amendment that would have allowed
American, troops to be stationed in the
Canal Zone for 20 years after the
waterway is turned over to the
The amendment, which provided the
first test of strength on a substantive
issue since the debate on the treaties
began, was tabled by a vote of 55-34.
LAST WEEK treaty opponents failed
in a procedural maneuver aimed at
reversing the order in which the Senate
takes up the treaties. By a 67 to 30 vote
the Senate refused to consider a pact
aimed at ensuring the neutrality of the
Canal Zone ahead of the agreement
providing for the United States to
relinquish the waterway to Panama.
Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd
had characterized the troop proposal
voted down yesterday as a "killer
"It thoroughly and unmistakably and

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-unquestionably and, indubita bly
unravels the treaties, opening them to
renegotiation," the West Virginia
Democrat told his colleagues.
HE SAID IT was not necessary for
the security of the canal, and that the
prolonged presence of American troops
"would result in the kind of histile at-
mosphere we want to avoid."
Sen. James Allen (D-Ala.), chief
sponsor of the amendment, said he was
encouraged by the vote tabulation even
though the amendment was defeated.
"Senators are becoming more in-
dependent," said Allen of the 34
lawmakers who voted against tabling
the amendment. Because two-thirds of
the members of the Senate present and
voting must support the treaties, 34 of
the 100 lawmakers could block
ON THE OTHER hand, Senate Demo-
cratic Whip Alan Cranston of California
called the outcome "better than we ex-
pected. Our confidence is shown by the
fact that we proceed with the vote
although some of our votes were not
Allen had argued that authority to
keep troops in the Canal Zone for an ad-
ditional 20 years was necessary for
security reasons. He said the treaty's
security provisions, including the
requirement for withdrawal of all
troops by 2000, "give us the right but
deprives us of the means" to defend the
Allen acknowledged under
questioning by his colleagues that adop-
tion of the amendment would not cause
him to support the treaty.

.Senaate Miajority' Leader Robert
BylrdI, uho des~cribedI the uns~ucces-
ful troop proposal as aI "killer

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